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Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Things to Do in Lake Louise Alberta

There are many places to see and things to do in Lake Louise Alberta. From the famous fairytale looking Fairmont Chateau Hotel, hiking through some of the world’s most picturesque scenery, century-old tea houses, ski mountain resorts, ice skating, kayaking/canoeing, and many tours available through Parks Canada. This hamlet in Banff National Park is well worth the visit!

One of the easiest ways to get to Lake Louise, whether you have overnight bags or a week’s worth of ski equipment, is with luxury transportation. Read here for info on Party Bus Rentals in Banff and Lake Louise.

 

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

This beautiful piece of architecture was first built in the early 1900’s exclusively for summertime use. In 1982 the hotel was winterized and has since been a very popular ski resort location during the winter months.

Fairmont Chateau sits on the stunning turquoise, glacier-fed, Lake Louise, and is surrounded by the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains. There are 539 rooms and seven dining options located within the hotel. The Lakeview Lounge is a favorite spot, with floor to ceiling Palladian windows overlooking the green lake and snow-capped mountains and the glacier.

 

Tea Houses

Teahouses have a history dating back to early last century when the CP Railway began building huts and teahouses in the backcountry of Banff National Park. The first one was the Lake Agnes Tea House, a small log cabin with a red roof on the east side shoreline of Lake Agnes which was built in 1904.

By the 1920’s, a second tea house opened overlooking the Victoria Glacier called Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House. Both tea houses are owned and operated by local families and are open daily throughout the summer season.

If you are in the mood for some quality loose leaf tea and cannot decide which tea house to visit, make it a full day adventure by visiting both on a 14.5 km loop trail beginning from the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

 

Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake is a glacially-fed lake just outside the village of Lake Louise and can be found in the Valley of the Ten Peaks at an elevation of approximately 6,181 feet. The unique colour of the water is due to the refraction of light off the rock flour continually being deposited in the lake by surrounding glaciers.

Moraine Lake Lodge is a 20 minute drive from Lake Louise Village, offering a luxurious escape if you are looking for a spectacular place to stay. It is in operation from June 1st to October 1st and all rooms face the lake and surrounding mountains.

A number of hiking trails around the lake are popular tourist attractions. The most commonly taken trail is The Rockpile Trail, which runs along the actual moraine and is approximately 980 feet long.

One of the most photographed locations in all of Canada is the view from the top of the Rockpile. The views of the lake with the stunning mountains towering behind in the Valley of the Ten Peaks is often referred to as the “Twenty Dollar View”.  This view was featured on the Candian twenty dollar bill in 1969 and 1979. 

Icefield Parkway

The Icefield Parkway is regarded as one of the most stunning alpine drives in the world. Traveling the 227 km Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) will have you winding through the Candian Rockies, alongside dozens of ancient glaciers, waterfalls, and is approximately a three to five-hour drive, one way.

Along the way, there are many picture-perfect stops to take such as Bow Lake, Peyto Lake, Mistaya Canyon, Crowfoot Mountain, and the Athabasca Glacier. There is also plenty of wildlife you can spot along this drive from moose, elk, and bighorn sheep, to the occasional wolf or bear. For more information on wildlife viewing, check out our blog, Where to See Wildlife near Calgary, Lake Louise, and Banff National Park.

 

Columbia Icefield Glacier Skywalk

If you would like to appreciate the breathtaking views of the Canadian Rockies in a unique and once in a lifetime way, try out the Glacier Skywalk. This adventure is for the brave-hearted!

The Glacier Skywalk experience features, waterfalls, wildlife, fossils, and more on a one km walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot drop. Hours of operation vary, so make sure you check out information beforehand for times and admission costs. 

Skiing

Skiing and snowboarders travel from all over the world to enjoy the slopes in Banff National Park. With plenty of variety throughout the three resorts, (SkiBig3) the phenomenal scenery is like no other. Located in close proximity to many tourist activities, shopping spots, and impressive dining, you can make an entire day or weekend out of your ski trip!

One bonus of skiing/snowboarding in Banff is that you can ride on the three Banff National Park Ski resorts on an interchangeable tri-area lift ticket.

Lake Lousie Ski Resort

The Lake Louise Ski Resort is approximately a 40-minute drive from Banff. It has 4200 acres of land with lots of long runs available. They also have a spread of terrain for all ability levels.

Sunshine Village Ski Resort

Sunshine Village is located 15km southwest of Banff and has tons of terrain (3358 acres) with slope options for everyone from rookies to pro-skiers. Of the three Banff ski areas, Sunshine is known to have the best and most snow due to its high elevation.

Mt Norquay

Mt Norquay ski hill is the most local to the Banff township, only a 10-minute drive away. Norquay is a smaller ski resort, about 190 acres. It’s a cheaper option and very family-oriented. If you are looking to warm up your legs, Mt Norquay is a great start!

Need a ride to the slopes? With or without ski and/or snowboard equipment, there are options available to get you and your group to the ski hill and back. You can check these out in this blog here, The Ultimate Transportation to Banff and Lake Louise. 

Hiking in and Around Lake Louise

There are many options for hiking in and around Lake Louise. With little more than a water bottle and a good pair of shoes, there are places you can go check out yourself. More strenuous trails are available for the experienced hiker.  Guided tours can be booked with various companies.

One of the more popular places to hike, bike, and snowshoe is Johnston Canyon, but keep in mind that the parking is limited. For an easier hike, you can stop at the Lower Falls in Johnston Canyon and head back. Continuing on to the Upper Falls gets more difficult, but the views are amazingly worth it.

Johnston Canyon to Ink Pots is an 11.7 km trail that features a waterfall and is rated as a moderate hike as Ink Pots is another 2.7 km from the Upper Falls. The Ink Pots are mineral springs that vary in colour because each of the pools fills at a different rate. The signage on site says “the milky-green pools fill more slowly and have a heavier suspension of fine materials than the clear, deep-blue pools”.

Another way to get the complete Lake Louise experience is from the summit of Mount Fairview. Along this trail are stunning views of the lake, nearby glaciers, and beautiful scenery all around. This is a short hike but boasts a challenging incline that rises quickly through the forest.

About 2 km in you will have an option to take an easier route or a steep route. The views from here are outstanding and well worth the effort.

Transportation Options

AM PM Limousine & Party Bus has been providing transportation services between the Calgary Airport, Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise, and other areas in Alberta for over ten years. Whether you are needing an airport shuttle, a limousine for a wedding, a party bus for a group heading to the slopes with gear and luggage, or a day tour, AM PM will be there for you! Just give us a call or send us an email to get a quote today!


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